United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders.

YLU-Logo_2015Open to those 40 and under, Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all. Members are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours annually in the community, enjoy exclusive leadership development, social networking opportunities and hands on ways to make a difference.

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“Young Leaders United enriches me to become a better community leader by engaging with others collaboratively to make positive and real impacts in our community.”

-Melissa Martin, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

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2017 Professional Development  

Young Leaders United provides exclusive community leadership and professional development opportunities! One way we do this is through our “Lunch With Leaders” series. United Way and corporate chapters of YLU generously host professional development luncheons with leaders from various companies and non-profits in our community. FREE LUNCH provided!


When: June 27th, 2017

Where: John Deere-Hitachi; 645 North Park Dr. Kernersville, NC 27284

Who: Jon Chase, President & CEO, Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation

Jon currently serves as President and CEO for the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation headquartered in Kernersville, NC. In this role, he is responsible for the manufacturing, supply, distribution and engineering for Deere and Hitachi branded excavators sold in the US and Canada.

Prior to this role, Jon spent 2 years as Product Line Director for John Deere Forage Harvesters produced in Zweibrucken, Germany and before that as Factory Manager at John Deere’s oldest factory, Seeding Moline, where he was part of the team that launched the ground breaking ExactEmergeTM planter.  Jon also spent four years with Deere in Mannheim, Germany as the Strategic Marketing Lead as well as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Turf product sales in the EU, North Africa and the CIS.

Since joining Deere in 2001, Jon has been involved in various sales and marketing roles, merger & acquisition activities, operations assignments and alliance partnerships including Deere’s riding lawn mower channel expansion into The Home Depot.

Jon is a graduate of The Harvard Business School and has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University. Growing up on the family’s dairy farm in Upstate New York, Jon was actively involved in the local 4-H chapter for over 15 years and remains firmly grounded in the issues and challenges affecting rural America.  Jon has been an active supporter of the United Way and will continue to do so as he relocates to the Greensboro area.


To RSVP, email us: young.leaders@uwforsyth.org


Non-Profit Networking Night

Join us for our Non-Profit Networking night May 23, 2017 at the Old Winston Social Club- 1131 Burke Street – Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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International Friendship Day
Jul 30 all-day
International Friendship Day

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The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.



World Humanitarian Day
Aug 19 all-day
World Humanitarian Day

It’s a day to pay tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It’s a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.